Month: April 2007

KC Wizards Entertain Large Missouri State Crowd

KC Wizards Exhibition against Missouri State Bears

In front of a crowd measured at 1654, the KC Wizards provided the Springfield area with another fine night of soccer. The annual event, now in it’s sixth year, regularly draws a broad spectrum of soccer fans and tonight was no different. The Wizards established the pecking order early when they punished a pair of defensive breakdowns, scoring in the 3rd and 10th minutes. Both came from directly in front of the net and handcuffed the goalkeeper. The Bears did not back down nor give up and the crowd was shown some of the possibilities that the Fall season might bring.

According to the Box Score, Missouri State vs KC Wizards (I was on the opposite end of the pitch), the goal was scored in the 65th minute by Omar Shoucair when he was able to break in on the keeper and maintain possession as the keeper came out to challenge. Omar got the ball from a cross from Wil Ziegahn. We got to see some familiar faces as seniors Justin Douglass, Kyle Hopson and Brian Pasierb played some significant minutes in their final games wearing the maroon and white. Junior Andy Cooper and freshman Nick Dryden are coming together in the central backfield and newcomer Johannes Demarzi appears to be a fine addition at defensive midfielder. Sophomore Justin Alford (pictured above in white) made quite an impact in the game as well as his speed and quickness became a reliable route for attacking the KC defense. And we can’t say enough about goalkeeper Lance Parker, who saved several certain goals with his acrobatics.

Halftime saw the Springfield SC U16 boys team get some well deserved recognition from the crowd for their win on Sunday in the State Cup. State Champions. Quite a ring to it. Another significant step was taken this evening as Springfield provided the entire referee pool with National Ref Andy Ellsworth handling the duties in the center while Andy Wilkinson, Trey Smith and Chris Shuler completed the team. The foundation is being laid. And of course one of the pioneers, home boy Jack Jewsbury was in town with his KC Wizards teammates. I’ll have an article tomorrow along with an interview with Jack, a young man who is becoming quite the ambassador for the game. And you all welcomed Brian Bounds back to the familiar confines of the MSU Campus I hope!

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This Week In Springfield Soccer

The KC Wizards are in town tonight to face off against the Missouri State Bears. There are a lot of reasons to attend this game – to support Major League Soccer, to support our favorite D1 program and to support the State Champion U16 squad from Springfield SC that will be introduced at halftime. The best reason is its going to be a beautiful evening and this will be the finest soccer to be seen in the region. Come and Represent Springfield Soccer! 7pm tonight at PLASTER!

The Ozark Conference race will be decided by next Wednesday when the Falcon’s face Kickapoo again. The Rolla Bulldogs visit Glendale on Tuesday, perchance to play spoiler. Glendale will take on the Yellowjackets in Lebanon on Thursday so a big week for them.

Other games of interest – Monday Coach Davidson takes his Chief’s squad to Ozark where he’ll get a closer look at what will be his Tiger’s squad in 2008. He did some scouting last week. Catholic goes to Bolivar on Thursday. Bolivar’s win at the Willard Tournament this weekend positions them for the #2 seed in the District playoffs that will begin a week from Saturday, this will be an early look at the #1 seed Irish.

Finally, the Springfield Demize open their season on Saturday in St Louis where they will face off against the Heartland Division rival St Louis Lions, named the #1 Rookie Program last year by the USL. I’ll have a calendar link for you this week so you import the schedule for the season into Outlook or your calendar application of choice. If anyone’s seen a roster, send it my way!
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MO State Cup: Springfield SC Wins U16 Crown

MO State Cup: Springfield SC U16 State Champions

With goals from Matt Medley and Devon Newport, Springfield SC defeated St Louis SC – McDoniel 2-1 this afternoon. I’ll be back with more information Monday and Tuesday, including interviews with Club Director Jeremy Alumbaugh, Missouri Director of Coaching Denny Vaninger and Team Manager Ron Moses. And I have to offer a shout out to the parents, who went out Saturday afternoon and had the t-shirts made overnight in anticipation of today’s outcome. Well done to all involved!

The result? The boys are going to Iowa to represent Missouri in the Region II tournament June 22nd to 27th in Des Moines, IA. I’m going to have to make some hotel reservations it looks like 🙂

The team will be in attendance at the MSU Bears game against the KC Wizards on Monday evening. Please come out and support them and share in the win when they are introduced at half-time of the escort outcall

KC Wizards Play MSU Monday Night at Plaster!

The Missouri State men’s soccer team will host Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards in an exhibition match at Plaster Sports Complex on Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m.

KC Wiz at Missouri State  BearsTickets for the contest are now available by contacting the Missouri State Men’s Soccer office at 417-836-3743 or Lake Country Soccer at 417-862-3211. Groups of 15 or more will receive a discounted rate of $6 per ticket. A single adult ticket is $10, children 12 and under will cost $6, and Missouri State students, faculty and staff presenting their MSU ID can purchase tickets for $5. Following the game, fans will be able to meet players from both teams during an autograph session.

Curt Onalfo is in his first season as Kansas City’s head coach after serving as an assistant coach on the 2006 U.S. World Cup team. The Wizards finished with a 10-14-8 record last season and finished fifth in the Eastern Conference of the MLS.

Missouri State finished the 2006 season with an 8-8-3 record, including a third-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 3-2-1 mark. The Bears went 4-0-2 at Plaster Field in their first season at the on-campus site.

The April 30 exhibition will mark the fifth consecutive spring in which the teams have met, with the Wizards winning last year’s match in front of over 1,100 fans at Cooper Sports Complex.good escort sites

Springfield SC U16 Squad Advances to State Final

Springfield Soccer ClubCongratulations to the Springfield SC U16 boys team that has advanced to the State Final. The game will be played at the St Louis Youth Soccer Association fields in St Charles at 2:00 pm Sunday. The team will face St Louis SC – McDoniel in the final.

Team members include: Blake Aggus (Joplin), Graham Basecke (Glendale), Tyler Bennett (Kickapoo), Grant Bollig (Lebanon), Bryce Collier (Hillcrest), Steven Curti (Joplin), Tim Griffin (Parkview), Matt Halvorson, Anand Kramer (Lebanon), Ian Kennedy (Kickapoo), Matt Medley (Parkview), Ryan Moses (Kickapoo), Devon Newport (Glendale), Ian Newport (Glendale), Ryan Partch (Glendale), Brock Ruggeri (Kickapoo), Ryan Squires (Glendale), Christopher Tombridge (Kickapoo)

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